Rohit Sharma makes cut, Mohammad Shami returns

Unhappy with cricket's new revenue model, which considerably slashes their share from global events in the 2015-23 cycle, India failed to submit a squad by an April 25 deadline, triggering panic among advertisers. "We appreciate the way he is shaping up, he is one guy whom we are looking out for the future".

The 15-member squad unveiled by chief selector MSK Prasad contained no real surprises.

While Rohit sustained a thigh injury during the One Day International (ODI) series against New Zealand in October previous year Shami's last appearance in ODIs was in the 2015 World Cup semi-finals.

"Ajinkya Rahane would be the back-up opener", Prasad told reporters.

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Meanwhile, veteran all-rounder Yuvraj Singh also made the cut and will provide a third spin option behind the go-to spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

"The injury was not serious". The franchise was magnanimous enough to listen to our request to rest him. There should be inquiry into the selection process by the Supreme Court of India, because if this continues, all talented players will lose trust in the selection process. "That shows he is fit and not like others who are getting rehabilitated after surgery".

The selectors have also put 5 players, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina and Shardul Thakur on standby for the tournament. "Our attack is one of the best in the world", Shami said. "We have to focus, help and guide each other", he said. "He is an invaluable asset to the team and his inputs in crunch situations are vital".

Acknowledging the valuable tips he gets from Delhi captain and former India cricketer Zaheer Khan, Shami said that it is always helpful to talk to former players.

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"We definitely considered Kuldeep".

"I have some good memories of the tournament and I had a great one the last time we played there".

7 members from the team that won in 2013 do not feature in the 2017 squad.

"In early part of the 90s and even in early 2000s, it is just that India played better than Pakistan in world tournaments because there was not much difference between the two sides as the Pakistan team was a fantastic unit then with the likes of Wasim (Akram), Waqar (Younis), Inzamam (ul-Haq), Saeed Anwar, Javed Miandad and Salim Malik".

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INDIA SQUAD: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Manish Pandey.

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